[last updated 14 October 2008]
What’s it all about?
This is a blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK – mainly an attempt to put into some sort of context the articles that appear in the mainstream national media and announcements by politicians on liberty-related proposals and so on, and to persuade people to support liberty.
Why UK Liberty and not UK Democracy?
Liberty seems more important as an aspiration than democracy. Democracy may help preserve liberty – on the other hand, sometimes it does not. I think that, of the two, liberty should be our ultimate aspiration – if this results from democracy, so much the better.
I started this blog with the intention of trying to be balanced, like the BBC, and offering both sides of the argument. Later I realised that on some things it is impossible to be balanced – some proposals are so fundamentally wrong that any notion of balance is inconceivable.
The writer Steven Poole questions the BBC’s difficulty with balance in his book, Unspeak, giving the example of global warming – there seems to be a large consensus that global warming is occurring, yet the BBC will bring in only one person in for each of for and against, thereby (apparently incorrectly) implying that opinion remains equally divided.
I will look at both sides of the argument though.
Also, it is likely that most articles appear to criticise the Government and its proposals, not because I have any particular dislike of the Government (although, in fact, I despise the Labour Governments led by Blair and Brown), but because under our constitution it is the Government that proposes most new legislation, and most of the Parliamentary time available for debate is spent on Government Bills. If the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats were in Government most articles here would criticise their proposals.
I am not an expert
This is not a one-stop shop and I am not a legal expert. In fact, I’m not expert in anything. I will however try to substantiate my claims. If you think I have not done so, please say so, because – unlike the Government – I want to show not tell.
So, do not take my word for anything. Click through the links. Make up your own mind, and question me if you think I am wrong. After all, that is what debate, liberty, and democracy, should involve.
I currently don’t support any political parties.
Comments are very welcome indeed. I will only moderate spam and abuse.
(This blog is not related in anyway to the excellent Liberty.)